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Highway 51 continues to slide; ODOT set to repair highway later this year

Posted at 7:10 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 08:06:59-04

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. – Many drivers in western Tulsa County have become concerned over the deterioration of Highway 51.

Two years’ worth of rain damage have caused the road to progressively get worse. Engineers working on the issue say it is concerning.

“We’ve seen a little bit more movement that's concerned us a little bit,” said ODOT engineer Randle White. “Rain is not a road's friend if it gets down underneath the pavement.”

For nearly a year, commuters have been forced to divert around the stretch of the highway, wondering when it will be fixed. When the right westbound lane closed last summer, damage was minimal, but the road continues to deteriorate, leaving crews anxious to get construction underway.

All of the damage repairs could cost around $2 million to complete due to the extensive issues. The soil underneath the road will have to be repositioned under the road before it’s re-paved.

Engineers are hoping once the project bid is awarded, construction can start as early as this fall.

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